Tomorrow brings with it the sans Brazil version of the world cup. Time is pressing, so this writeup won’t be as good as it should be, but I’ve never let that stop me before. Without further delay, here is yet another uninformed American’s look at the groups and some predictions as well.
This is Ronaldo’s group, unless his incredibly long season with Man U has him wore down. Portugal and the aging Czechs to advance.
Germany and Croatia look to be the strongest in this group of countries that were overrun by Germans in the 1930’s and 40’s.
In what looks to be the strongest group, my homerism forces me to pick the Orange. They have a good set of forwards who, due to some more experience, should perform better than they did at the world cup, it’s a question of their midfield showing up and creating enough space for the strikers to work with. Basically, the opposite of that they were doing during the world cup. Holland has a team to go deep into the tournament, though. The French, admittadly, are a complete enigma to me. Most of the names from their prior international squads are over their peak, and I, frankly, am not familiar with their younger players. Damn you, sportscenter. They’re quite talented, but it remains to see if they can gel as a unit against the talent they’ll be facing. Romania is a complete dark house with the talent to go a long ways, but I’m still going with the Italians star power.
Another intriguing group, with Greece being the current cupholders and Spain being a popular pick to win the damn thing. Sweeden seems to have a team built for advancing out of the group and losing their next game. Sweeden and Spain to move on. Cesc Fabregas might make this his tourney.
And since we’re talking international soccer, here is a little thing I like to call blatant homerism.
Not the spectacular goal at about 1:10 in this one: